Faculty | Phaedra Pezzullo
Associate Professor, Department of Communication and Culture
- Ph.D. Communication Studies, University of North Carolina, 2002
- M.A. Communication Studies, University of North Carolina, 1998
- B.A. Social Thought & Political Economy, University of Massachusetts, 1996
- B.S. Natural Resources, University of Massachusetts 1996
Her research, teaching, and service primarily engage theories of rhetoric and public culture, environmental communication, environmental justice studies, tourist studies, and social movement studies. Pezzullo's perspective is informed by an interdisciplinary training in the humanities and the sciences and is motivated by pressing issues of democracy raised by contemporary environmental and social justice movements. She draws upon ethnographic participant observation fieldwork, qualitative interviews, her own activism, popular texts, news archives, and interdisciplinary secondary research.
Courses Recently Taught
- C212 Communicating Sustainability
- C406 Public Advocacy
- C340 The Rhetoric of Social Movements
- C661 Environmental Communication and Public Culture
- C688 Rhetorics of Transgression and Resistance
- C619 Feminism and Rhetorical Theory
Pezzullo, Phaedra C. (2007). Toxic Tourism: Rhetorics of Travel, Pollution, and Environmental Justice. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Press.
Sandler, Ronald and Phaedra C. Pezzullo, Eds. (2007). Environmental Justice and Environmentalism: The Social Justice Challenge to the Environmental Movement. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. (Second Printing in 2008.)
Pezzullo, Phaedra C., Special Issue Editor (2008, May). Cultural Studies and the Environment, Revisited. Cultural Studies, 22.3-4.
Selected Honors and Awards
- New Investigator Award, Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division, National Communication Association, 2008.
- James A. Winans-Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric/Public Address, NCA, for Toxic Tourism, 2007.
- Christine L. Oravec Research Award in Environmental Communication, the Environmental Communication Division, NCA, for Toxic Tourism, 2007.
- Book of the Year Award, Critical and Cultural Studies Division, NCA, for Toxic Tourism, 2007.
- Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2005-2006
- The 2005 Faculty Mentor Award, the Indiana University Graduate and Professional Student Organization
- Lambda Pi Eta Undergraduate Teaching Award, Indiana University Dept. of Communication & Culture, May 2004